MONCTON (GNB) – The provincial government will invest about $5.5 million in paving and chip seal projects in the Moncton area this year as part of its 2018-19 capital budget.

“To keep the economy moving forward, we need to maintain and improve our existing transportation infrastructure,” said Moncton East MLA Monique LeBlanc. “Strategic investments in roads not only stimulate the economy and create job growth; they also keep our roads safe, which is a top priority of your government.”

LeBlanc attended for Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Bill Fraser.

A 2.4-kilometre section of Route 15 between the Harrisville Boulevard interchange and the traffic circle will be paved, as will a 300-metre section of Route 134 from the Kierstead Road area towards Sawdust Road and a 400-metre section of Route 15 from Painsec Junction at the railway overpass to the new Route 11 interchange area.

Repairs will be done on the Rabbit Brook No. 1 Bridge on Route 15.

Chip seal will be applied to three kilometres of New Scotland Road from Route 126 to Route 490, and to a 3.5-kilometre section of Victoria Road between New Scotland Road and Indian Mountain Road.

Under the Municipal Designated Highway Program, the government and the City of Moncton will fund the micro-sealing of one kilometre of Route 134 (Shediac Road) from Lewisville Road to Vista Street.

The program allows municipalities to apply for funding assistance for capital upgrade projects. Its funding has more than doubled since the 2014-15 fiscal year, increasing to $25 million in 2015. It has remained at that level as part of a government commitment to sustain funding for municipalities.

The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure’s $688.2-million capital budget reflects the government’s priority of investing strategically in its buildings, highways and bridges. Strategic investments in infrastructure are a key component of the multi-year New Brunswick Economic Growth Plan, the government’s framework for growing the economy and creating jobs.